Yangon United suffers first 2018 defeat to Magwe

Players form Yangon and Magwe FC vie for the ball in yesterday’s MNL match at Thuwunna Stadium. Photo:MNL
Players form Yangon and Magwe FC vie for the ball in yesterday’s MNL match at Thuwunna Stadium. Photo:MNL

Yangon United lost their first match of the year yesterday, coming up short against Magwe by a score of 0-1 at Thuwanna Stadium in Yangon.
Magwe deserved the win, with all its Myanmar players executing and tackling well. Throughout most of the match, Magwe controlled the ball and passed crisply.
Magwe FC lined up with goalkeeper KyawZinPhyo, Win Moe Kyaw, SwanHtetAung, Nanda Kyaw, SoeLwinLwin, Mg MgSoe, ZeyarNaing, KyawSwar Lin, LwinMyoAung, NaingNaingKyaw and AungMyint Tun.
Yangon lined up with goalie KyawZinHtet, PyaePhyoZaw, David Htan,Kyi Lin, Mg MgLwin, SekouSylla, KyawZinOo, Kosuke Yamazaki, AeeSoe, KekereMoukailou and Kyaw Min Oo.
Although Yangon used speedy play at the beginning, its strikers could neither penetrate their opponents defence line. Though there were goal chances, neither team scored in the first half.
Magwe’s strikers seemed intimidated at first in competing against Yangon’s better-known players. But a few minutes into the match, Magwe’s play improved.
The young defenders of Magwe proved to be too strong in their defenceline, blocking the ball well against Yangon’s strikers. In the second half, Magwe played better and Yangon’s defence worsened. Adding to Yangon’s woes was an injury to their main goalkeeper in the first half that required a substitute goalie to replace him during the second half. The substitute goalie, Min Thu, who came in at the 37-minute mark, did his best, but could not stop a shot by Magwe star Cho Tun at the 86-minute mark.
The winning goal was a beauty, set up by a slow groundpass that was kicked by Cho Tun under Yangon’s new keeper.
Yangon had a chance to tie the score, but Yangon’s Mg MgLwin could not find the net with his kick far from the goal just before the final whistle.
Even with the loss, Yangon retains in first place in the MNL with six wins, one draw and one loss for 19 points, while Magwe jumps to second place with five wins, two draws and one loss with 17 points.—Kyaw Zin Lin

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